Reflections on “The Oscars”

Last night’s Academy Awards showed two themes: global awareness and civil rights. The former in the promotion of Slumdog Millionaire and Wall-E, and the latter in the recognition of Milk.

Slumdog and Wall-E truly captured the spirit of the times in the United States, which has spent eight years in disdain of the rest of the world (except for Israel and Britain), and faces monumental environmental challenges. Milk called attention to the renewal of political participation in America as demonstrated during the run-up to the presidential election and the vote on same-sex marriage.

The Oscars ceremony was infused with global awareness, internationalism, cosmopolitanism, civil libertarianism, and democratic action. In the late nineteenth century, the world looked upon America as the “Mecca of Liberalism,” but during the Red Scares of 1917-1920 and the 1950s, and the Bush administration, at the beiginning of the twenty-first century, America was in danger of becoming quite the opposite. And last night’s Oscars seemed to show that America had once again taken up that title.

~ by jsacc001 on February 23, 2009.

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